PTSD

A friend who died recently lived his life in two halves. In his youth he was the boisterous, swaggering, electrifying bass drummer with a lederhosen band. An excellent natural lyric tenor addicted to the schlager repertoire, a fighter of German marines during wine festivals, a charmer of the ladies, he seemed destined to become an […]

Why doesn’t Radio 4 have a Friday Worship slot for Muslims?

Marvelling at the Norman apologist just after 18:00 on Sunday Worship, and wondering why we have no comparable access, with simultaneous translation, to for example the sermons of the imam of the Dar-ul-Uloom Qadria mosque in Walthamstow, whose adherents have been handing out booklets apparently endorsed by him calling for the murder of those, like […]

Why aren’t the Andalusians building the Middle East’s new walls?

Scott has made a handy list of Trumpian walls being built across the still-smouldering Ottoman Empire, and a quick check reveals that none of them appear to be being built by Spanish contractors. Now, around Spain local governments are renovating, but more usually simply new-building medieval (Moorish) walls for the tourist trade (in monstrous contravention, […]

Angelo Saxon

Someone taking Pope Greg (non angli sed angeli) seriously? Nope, just the fashionable new spelling, 2 comments, inc looby: I like "'suitable for families'". Sounds as though it's being said with a bit of a knowing wink, and

Simon Heffer on Richard Evans Pursuit of Power: oh dear

Simon Heffer on Richard J. Evans, The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914 (Penguin History of Europe), to paraphrase him, falls well below [the Speccie's] normal standards of copy-editing: And there are factual errors which in their range also help illustrate the scope of the book: there was no such person as Lord George Macartney; Gorz […] 1 comment, inc Tom: Ahem, the Catalan sea, surely? (I've honestly seen it called that, ha!). Heffer is clearly no sailor

Viktor Orbán 0, Shakespeare 1

Mr Fido, who compensates for a distinct lack of charm with cunning a-plenty, has an important piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Called "Are you against peace?", the customary response of Communist officialdom during the Soviet era and of EU officialdom now to awkward questions, he says that we should be worrying rather less about the […]

Das Scroll und Scream Kitschin' Kabinett des Dr Kalebeul

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  • Brer Rabid: "pseudo-historic revisionism, ... pack of lies and bullshit, ... Catalanophobe resentment of Spanish nationalism (past and present) apologist"
  • Don Colin: "gnomic"
  • The Pox: "Franco's Little Helper"
  • La Vanguardia wonders whether Kalebeul is a CIA operation
  • Mark Liberman: "a treat"
  • Significant other: "What was that hairy weirdo on about? What blog?"

Shorts

A dark and stormy night

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A Jerusalem artichoke verse, several Rigbyisms and the Grand Old Duke of Fart.

Yiddish and the Italian Welsh

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Daffy-down-dilly has been and fled / Her yellow-green gown all stained in red. Featuring Google Translate's transliteration service for unfamiliar scripts.

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